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Payment of Wages During Storm Absences

With Storm Brian on the way just days after the whole country was on red alert due to Storm Ophelia, employers may once again need to consider how they deal with the "grey" area of paying employees when it is unsafe to attend work due to unforeseen weather circumstances arising.

Dismissal Of Postman who was convicted of being in possession of drugs held to be a fair dismissal.

In case number UD1153/2014 the interesting question of whether the conduct of an employee outside of the workplace was considered as to whether it was fair to dismiss an employee for activity that was not connected with his normal workplace duties.

Employee who took unauthorised annual leave was not unfairly dismissed.

In Case No UD463/2014 the EAT overturned a Rights Commissioners decision and held that an employee of a meat processing plant was not unfairly dismissed after he took leave which had not been authorised.

Fair Dismissal Of Postman Despite Flawed Appeals Process.

The Eat determined in a recently published decision (UD 507/2014) that a postman had been fairly dismissed for allowing others to deliver his mail despite an appalling appeals process with a delay of over 2 and a half years in dealing with the appeal.

Attendance at Work During Adverse Weather Conditions

With snow and freezing conditions forecast for next few days many employees will have difficulty in traveling to work which impacts on businesses being able to operate. A common sense approach in a documented policy is required by employers to ensure that the safety of employees is balanced against business needs.

New Work Place Commission to commence from 1st October 2015

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, last week welcomed the signing into law of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and announced that the Act will be commenced on 1st October 2015. What will this mean in Practice ?

Breach of Confidentiality

In a recent case (UD 346/2013) where a Purchasing Assistant with over 12 years service was awarded €19,000 for unfair dismissal because she had sent confidential emails to her husband, even though the information was not used by her husband or of use to him, a number of process issues were highlighted that are useful to review.

Sports Store Manager Awarded €20k for unfair dismissal despite a number of unauthorised absences !

The EAT did not agree that with the Respondent Company's view that a store manager had an example to set to other staff and said she was unfairly dismissed in respect of a number of short un-authorised absences over a three day period in December 2012.

Employee Loses Gross Misconduct Appeal

Following on from my summary last week of what constitutes gross misconduct in the workplace,this recently published case (UD/323/2012) illustrates how gross misconduct dismissals can be fair and reasonable if the sanction is relevant to the specific business objectives of the employer.

Constructive Dismissal

An employee was successful in her recent claim for unfair dismissal on grounds of constructive dismissal because her employer failed to deal with complaints of bullying she had raised against a colleague.

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